Talking Heads Stop Making Sense

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
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DVD Features

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1984
  • Label: Palm Pictures / UMVD
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Packaging: Keep Case
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
Single Side - Single Layer
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - Theatrical Mix
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - Studio Mix
  • Stereo 2.0
Additional Material
  • Commentary:
    1. Jonathhan Demme - Director
    2. Talking Heads
  • Interview - David Byrne
  • Bonus Tracks:
    1. Cities
    2. Big Business/I Zambra
  • Trailer:
    1. Original Theatrical Trailer
    2. Promotional Clip
  • Film to Storyboard Comparison
1. Psycho Killer
2. Heaven
3. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
4. Found A Job
5. Slippery People
6. Burning Down The House
7. Life During Wartime
8. Making Flippy Floppy
9. Swamp
10. What A Day That Was
11. Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)
12. Once In A Lifetime
13. Genius Of Love
14. Girlfriend Is Better
15. Take Me To The River
16. Cross-Eyed And Painless
17. Cities
18/19. Big Business/I Zimbra

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Entertainment Reviews:

Total Film - 10/01/1999
"...One of the best performance movies ever made..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
New York Times - 10/19/1984
"...A rock concert film that looks and sounds like no other....It may well help inspire [rock films] of the future."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/17/1999
"...It captures Talking Heads at their artistic apex, in a way that holds up as cinema, as opposed to music video....STOP MAKING SENSE is a masterpiece..."
USA Today - 10/29/1999
"...One of the most brilliantly edited movies of any kind from any era..."
Rolling Stone - 11/27/2003
"...This is a magnificent performance by America's greatest rainbow-funk art-and-party band..."
Mojo - 12/01/2004
"[W]hat many regard as the perfect concert movie. Filmed in exemplary manner by Jonathan Demme, it appeared to be a seemingly effortless exercise in building momentum."

Product Description:

Those who aren't familiar with the work of seminal 1980s band The Talking Heads may find themselves becoming instant fans after viewing this incredibly entertaining concert film. It starts with David Byrne stepping out alone on empty stage with an acoustic guitar to sing "Psycho Killer." The rest of the musicians follow one by one and the stage gradually fills to bursting with powerful, tightly orchestrated brilliance. Director Jonathan Demme (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, PHILADEPLPHIA) expertly captures the music's energy, fusing cinema with performance to create something more than the sum of its parts. Through it all, Byrne comes off as a charismatic artist of supernatural energy and robotic precision, and he's backed by an equally inspired group of musicians, including bassist Tina Weymouth. Artistically ambitious, filled with joyous but controlled energy, this is considered by many critics to be the best concert film of all time. Songs performed include "Take Me to the River," "Once in a Lifetime," "Girlfriend is Better," "Burnin' Down the House" and a hilarious cover of "Genius of Love, " by the Tom-Tom Club (a side project for bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Christ Frantz). It was filmed at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles.

Plot Synopsis:

Jonathan Demme revolutionized the art of shooting rock concerts with this innovative and lively record of the Talking Heads. Filmed at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, California, this video cements the group's place as one of the day's most unique rock groups. Among the 18 songs included are "Take Me to the River," "Once in a Lifetime," and "Burnin' Down the House." Starting with a solo by David Byrne, the film escalates as the other members join in.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: September 15, 1999.
  • Filmed on location in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Sales Rank: 33,340
  • UPC: 660200301323
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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